Goal 9: Lifelong learning
Goal 9: Lifelong learning

Lifelong learning

Our goal: Access to lifelong learning and development opportunities
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Lifelong learning is a key building block in promoting personal, social and societal well‑being. Including learning in the Healthy City framework ensures that non-formal and informal learning opportunities is a valued contributor to the overall health, prosperity, and resilience of Vancouverites.

Some benefits of lifelong learning include:

  • Early learning contributes to school readiness
  • Adult learning increases confidence and self‑efficacy
  • Learning in a group setting can enhance social networks

People engaged in lifelong learning are better prepared to participate in civic life and work collaboratively to address common challenges.

Our target: Increase participation in lifelong learning by 25% over 2014 levels

Progress we've made so far

Source: Vancouver Public Library

Access to the internet

  • In 2012, 82% of persons had access to the internet
    Source: Environics Analytics

Reading for general pleasure or interest

Participation in a learning event or program

High-school graduation and post-secondary education rates for Indigenous people

  1. Develop the Vancouver Summer of Learning program, leverage the Vancouver Learning Guide, and explore the future expansion of these initiatives including the use of Digital Badges.
    • Results: We will increase Vancouverites' level of awareness and participation in informal learning opportunities in everyday life.

Initiatives helping us reach these goals and targets

Vancouver Public Library

Visit the Vancouver Public Library website.

Vancouver Learning City

The Vancouver Learning Guide is your destination to discover free non-formal learning events in Vancouver.

Community centres

We operate 24 community centres around the city. Find out where they are and what programs and services they offer.

Healthy City Action Plan 2015 - 2018

See what we've got planned to help meet our goals. 

Download the plan  

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